Friends of the Battle River Railway celebrate inaugural weekend

(L - R) Reeve of the County of Flagstaff, Gerald Kuefler, Deputy Mayor of Forestburg, Peter Miller, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Battle River Railway, Ken Eshpeter, Mayor of Alliance and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Battle River Railway, Muriel Fankhanel and Jon Oberg helped cut the ribbon July 7 at the inaugural celebrations of the Friends of the Battle River Railway tourism project.

(L – R) Reeve of the County of Flagstaff, Gerald Kuefler, Deputy Mayor of Forestburg, Peter Miller, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Battle River Railway, Ken Eshpeter, Mayor of Alliance and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Battle River Railway, Muriel Fankhanel and Jon Oberg helped cut the ribbon July 7 at the inaugural celebrations of the Friends of the Battle River Railway tourism project.

July 6 – 7 marked the inaugural weekend celebration of the Friends of the Battle River Railway tourism project.
The recently purchased 76 person passenger car was bought from the Kamloops Heritage Society and is owned by the Friends of the Battle River Railway Society.
The passenger train left Forestburg for Heisler July 7 at 11 a.m. with the final destination of Camrose County Park. Guests aboard the train also stopped at Rosalind and Kelsey for snacks and site-seeing.
“We think everyone loves a train,” said Ken Eshpeter, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Battle River Railway. “We feel the local community support of this project clearly demonstrates this love of trains.”
The Battle River Railway story began in the fall of 2008 when farmers loading producer cars learned CN would no longer provide train service along the 50 mile strip that stretches from Alliance to Highway 56, just south of Camrose.
The 185 producer car loaders decided to form the New Generation Co-op and purchased the line from CN. They then began selling shares under the title of ‘Battle River Railway’.
Shares were sold to farmers, agricultural societies, seed plants, local businesses, people and municipalities. In total, the New Generation Co-op raised $3.5 million.
With the money raised, combined with a loan from Agriculture Financial Services Corporation, the Battle River Railway Co-op bought the 50 mile strip of line and the locomotive on December 14, 2010.
With the addition of a passenger car, the Battle River Railway line also moves liquid fertilizer, oil tankers and grain.

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